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Windows 7: Make older MS games WIN7 compatible


30 Dec 2009   #1

Vista Ultimate
 
 
Make older MS games WIN7 compatible

There are a number of games that MS issued back about 15-20 years ago that I have enjoyed playing even with Vista. However these games are incompatible with Windows 7 64 bit. Does anyone know how I can get these games to run on Win 7 64 bit. Its a shame if I can't since I have enjoyed them all these years. The games initially were issued as WEP 1, 2 and 3 and are as follows:

Blackjet, Winmine (the older minesweeper game), Cruel, Golf (not the golf game), Tetris, Fugigolf, Jezzball, Maxwell, Rodent and Tutstomb.

I would hope Microsoft would reissue these games in their original form but compatible with Windows 7 64 bit. They are not sophisticated, but they are very enjoyable.


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30 Dec 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by artzelda View Post
There are a number of games that MS issued back about 15-20 years ago that I have enjoyed playing even with Vista. However these games are incompatible with Windows 7 64 bit. Does anyone know how I can get these games to run on Win 7 64 bit. Its a shame if I can't since I have enjoyed them all these years. The games initially were issued as WEP 1, 2 and 3 and are as follows:

Blackjet, Winmine (the older minesweeper game), Cruel, Golf (not the golf game), Tetris, Fugigolf, Jezzball, Maxwell, Rodent and Tutstomb.

I would hope Microsoft would reissue these games in their original form but compatible with Windows 7 64 bit. They are not sophisticated, but they are very enjoyable.
If you machine is capable of running a VM XP mode they will work there. I still have the 3 floppies they came on.
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30 Dec 2009   #3

WIndows 7 RC1 (32bit)
 
 

If you can't run XP mode on your PC, then try Sun's VirtualBox. It is probably the best virtual desktop software I have used. It will require that you have a valid copy of XP, but it runs great on Windows 7, even on older hardware.
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30 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by artzelda View Post
There are a number of games that MS issued back about 15-20 years ago that I have enjoyed playing even with Vista. However these games are incompatible with Windows 7 64 bit. Does anyone know how I can get these games to run on Win 7 64 bit. Its a shame if I can't since I have enjoyed them all these years. The games initially were issued as WEP 1, 2 and 3 and are as follows:

Blackjet, Winmine (the older minesweeper game), Cruel, Golf (not the golf game), Tetris, Fugigolf, Jezzball, Maxwell, Rodent and Tutstomb.

I would hope Microsoft would reissue these games in their original form but compatible with Windows 7 64 bit. They are not sophisticated, but they are very enjoyable.
Hi, Welcome to SF,

You could try to Run under compatibility mode. Try the Compatibility Troubleshooting Tips

Hope this helps
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02 Jan 2010   #5

Vista Ultimate
 
 

to ZIGZag and Capt Sparrow.
Installed WIN XP virtual machine and I still can not install these programs. The message is that the programs are incompatible with my current system. Do you have any other suggestions or did I do something incorrectly. I tried to install the programs with the WIN XPmode virtual machine window open as instructed on the WIN 7 website (windows.mocrosoft.com/en-us/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows.....)
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06 Jan 2010   #6

Vista Ultimate
 
 

Turns out I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and the games are all 32 bit. XP mode virtual machine is also 64 bit and also will not support the 32 bit games. Can I download and install a 32bit WIN XP virtual machine and use it to play these games? Otherwise is appears I am screwed.
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14 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by artzelda View Post
Turns out I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and the games are all 32 bit. XP mode virtual machine is also 64 bit and also will not support the 32 bit games. Can I download and install a 32bit WIN XP virtual machine and use it to play these games? Otherwise is appears I am screwed.
I was thinking about installing some of the old MS games & using XP mode. However when I searched about this everything I found indicated XP mode was 32 bit. Does it come in both 32 bit & 64 bit, or has something recently changed?
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